TRIPLE III TIME: Failure
We have covered a ton of fun, serious and not-so-serious topics since we began the TRIPLE III TIME blog messages in 2014. So when I was challenged this last week and asked why I have never shared my thoughts about “Failure”… I did my own research and they were right! Failure has never been a special TRIPLE III TIME topic.
So here we go.
First I will admit that I typically do not think much about failure when I am pursuing a new idea/action. Mostly my mind is totally dedicated to building, creating, partnershiping, financing and starting-up the initiative. My long-time colleague and co-leader (JHL) for many years always believed that if our new idea was the right thing to do… then we just “went-for-it!”
Second with this “right thing to do” motivation… I don’t think we ever failed. Sometimes we didn’t get to where I hoped we would or as fast as I dreamed, but most often we blazed a pretty good innovation, progress trail. Failure is just a regular piece of calculated risk-taking. And if you think extra hard about risk-taking, if you don’t do it and always just stay the same… you are accepting that falling behind personally and professionally is OK?!
Finally what are my TRIPLE III TIME advice points regarding a “Half-Full-Glass” approach to Failure concerns:
A. Failure should NOT be part of any new concept planning.
B. Remember even partial success is strategic continuous improvement.
C. Colleagues want to always partner with “Tryers” and not “Samers”
D. Think of all the new computer “Apps” that show up each day… do these creators prioritize Failure?
E. Ask yourself why are SHARK TANK shows/events so popular? Because trying is the beginning part of succeeding.
So simply: If you don’t… for sure you won’t.